Writing About Hamlet

Writing About Hamlet

Assign a 3-5 page critical analysis on Hamlet based on any issue or topic in the play that has impressed the individual students. Urge them to consider their thoughts about the characters, the plot, themes such as loyalty and betrayal, and the interesting language of Shakespeare. Consider link to contemporary social, economic, or political issues.


Have topics approved before they begin writing.

Direct them to review the plot of the play by viewing this website: http://www.pathguy.com/hamlet.htm


1. In the introduction, state the topic of discussion and their position, opinion or observation on the topic. (Doesn’t have to be anything original, just of interest to he student .) Note Littauer’s essay. You may wish to open your essay with an appropriate quotation from the play. What is link to contemporary issue?

2. In the body of the essay, develop your “arguments” in support of your position. Refer to and quote from

Ø at least two of the critical writings or essays
Ø other literature  studied this semester
Ø from the play Hamlet.

Use standard notation to reference your quotations. To verify form, see https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/747/01/

3. In the conclusion, pull together the supporting arguments in a summary or a reflection that solidifies the thematic link between Hamlet and current affairs.

4. Use attached rubric to self-check your essay before submitted it for evaluation.

Click here to view/download the full document with grading rubric.


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